Back in November we ran a feature on the Abbey Beer St. Stefanus. It is an EPIC brew and really complex, but the thing that really fascinated us was that this beer is refermented in the bottle, which means that it matures through time with the colour slowly becoming darker and the flavours become more complex with age. This factor really grabbed us so much that we decided to give it a go!
So we’ve been sent two boxes (24 bottles) from St. Stefanus, all with the same cellar release date and over the next 12 months we will be reviewing how this amazing beer evolves (6, 9, 12 and 18 months)… Tough job resisting the temptation of drinking it all!
As mentioned in our feature back in November 2016, there’s two ways to serve this beer, clear or cloudy (swirling the sediment)…
After 6 Months of Ageing:
Appearance: It’s a slightly deeper amber, almost a glowing orange in colour with very little carbonation and a large frothy head that evaporates quickly, leaving the reminiscence of bubbles on the top of the brew.
Aroma: Rich oak with a slight tropical underlay and hints of freshly peeled banana that is definitely more distinct then our previous review of the beer when is was aged for 3 months. Slight bit of honey coming through ending with a touch of booziness that has mellowed slightly and circulates throughout your cavity gracefully.
Flavour: Still getting the tropical fruity flavour and banana coming through. Hints of sweet honey and more of a dry bitter bite added to the fruity boozy finish.
More defined in both aroma and flavour from our first review. Although in some cases the boldness of this brew has mellowed, this allowed these elements to become more distinct.